Kodi is a free and open source cross-platform media streaming application, that was developed by Xbox Media Center (XBMC). It provides media content in an appealing and user-friendly format and allows users to provide their own content from a local or remote location.
It's a very customizable media hub that brings all your entertainment in one place. This article will take you through installing Kodi on various Linux platforms
1. Ubuntu 18.04
2. Debian 9
3. Fedora 27
1) Installing Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04
This command installation procedure works on earlier versions of Ubuntu as well. All commands run on the root terminal but you can use your account as well.
Download and install via the terminal with the following command
# sudo apt-get install kodi -y
Once the installation is complete update the system using the following command
# sudo apt-get update
All Kodi packages will be updated.
Alternatively, Kodi can be installed by adding the repositories as shown below
# sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
Install the software repository
# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
Adding the installation repository
# sudo apt-get update
Updating the system
# sudo apt-get install kodi
To launch Kodi run the command below on the terminal
Kodi comes with a myriad of features like TV, Radio and video streaming. To enjoy these features, you have to configure add-ons to support their functionality.
2) Installing Kodi on Debian 9
To install Kodi on Debian 9, update the system first
Next, install Kodi
apt install kodi
Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following additional packages will be installed: fonts-noto-hinted fonts-roboto-hinted kodi-bin kodi-data kodi-visualization-spectrum libcec4 libcrossguid0 libjs-iscroll libmariadbclient18 libmicrohttpd12 libp8-platform2 libpcrecpp0v5 libtinyxml2.6.2v5 mysql-common python-imaging python-pil Suggested packages: python-pil-doc python-pil-dbg The following NEW packages will be installed: fonts-noto-hinted fonts-roboto-hinted kodi kodi-bin kodi-data kodi-visualization-spectrum libcec4 libcrossguid0 libjs-iscroll libmariadbclient18 libmicrohttpd12 libp8-platform2 libpcrecpp0v5 libtinyxml2.6.2v5 mysql-common python-imaging python-pil 0 upgraded, 17 newly installed, 0 to remove and 133 not upgraded. Need to get 34.1 MB of archives. After this operation, 87.8 MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
3) Installing Kodi on Arch Linux
To install Kodi on the latest ArchLinux OS, run
pacman -Sy xbmc
resolving dependencies... looking for conflicting packages... Packages (6) libmariadbclient-10.1.34-1 libmicrohttpd-0.9.59-1 python2-pillow-5.2.0-1 python2-simplejson-3.16.0-1 tinyxml-2.6.2-6 kodi-17.6-7 Total Download Size: 32.32 MiB Total Installed Size: 101.48 MiB :: Proceed with installation? [Y/n]
4) Installing Kodi on Fedora 27
To install Kodi on Fedora 27, you must first enable the RPMFusion repository
sudo dnf install --nogpgcheck https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
Dependencies resolved. ================================================================================ Package Arch Version Repository Size ================================================================================ Installing: rpmfusion-free-release noarch 21-1 @commandline 19 k Transaction Summary ================================================================================ Install 1 Package Total size: 19 k Installed size: 9.7 k Is this ok [y/N]: y
Next, set SELinux mode to permissive
setenforce: SELinux is disabled
Finally, Install Kodi
dnf install kodi
Kodi is an intuitive and user-friendly media theater software application that allows users to view and play videos, podcasts, Radio, TV shows and other media files like photos. Note that Kodi only allows users to provide their own content or point to third-party online services. It's not a media content provider. Give it a try and see it for yourself!